The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will begin surveying peanut growers in October to learn about production practices they used during the 2013 growing season.
The effort is for the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).
NASS and USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) jointly conduct this three-phase survey, the second phase of which gathers data on farmers' chemical use, pest management and irrigation practices for the peanut crop.
"In recent years there have been significant changes in the peanut industry," said NASS Southern Region Director Doug Kleweno.
"The results of this survey will update information on these major sectors of agricultural production and will ensure that agricultural leaders, legislators, and producers themselves can base their decisions on accurate data that comes directly from the growers."
ARMS, which is conducted in three separate phases during the growing season, serves as the primary source of information on production practices, resource use and economic well-being of America's farm operations and farm households.
During the second phase of ARMS, NASS will collect information only through personal interviewing. Trained representatives will conduct face-to-face interviews with approximately 900 peanut growers nationwide beginning in October and continuing through mid-December.
Kleweno said interviewers will ask peanut growers to provide information on their fertilizer or nutrient use and biocontrol or chemical use, and their pest management and irrigation practices.
Some participants will be asked to provide additional economic and cost of production data early next year.
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All sectors of the agricultural industry rely on this information. These data are relevant for farmers, producer organizations, agribusinesses, policymakers, and even users outside of the ag community.
NASS will publish the chemical use data in a May 2014 report.
As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents and publishes data only in aggregate form, ensuring that no individual operation or grower can be identified.
For more information on NASS surveys and reports, visit www.nass.usda.gov or call the NASS Georgia Field Office at (800) 253-4419.
For more information from the Georgia Farm Bureau, visit http://www.gfb.org/.
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